Talk:A Cyborg Manifesto

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Proposed merge[edit]

D'oh. I just created Cyborg feminism. That should probably be merged with this (by someone who understands it better than I do). Risk one 10:18, 7 September 2005 (UTC)

Should this topic reference the futurist movement or is the futuristic descriptive nature of "cyborg feminism", (i think this is a better name,) purely symbolic? --Borbetomagus 13:19, 13 September 2005 (UTC)

I'm no expert, but as I understand it the way the idea of a cyborg is used differs between writers. It can be used to show what happens to the idea of gender when the human body slowly turns artificial, it can be used as a metafor for the female body or even as a metaphor for feminist theory. I only looked in to this briefly to create the stub, so all this needs to be checked. Risk one 19:51, 14 September 2005 (UTC)

This whole thing is silly, cyborgs have *nothing* to do with feminism. If you want more just look a the major in ghost in the shell

Merge with Donna Haraway.[edit]

Without opinions from other scholars, this concept is clearly limited to this one woman, so I propose merging with her. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Awesimo (talkcontribs) 19:41, 13 February 2007 (UTC).

Doing this would be like merging the theory of relativity page with the Albert Einstein page. A theory and a person are very different things. Cls14 23:12, 16 February 2007 (UTC)

Also, Haraway HAS influenced other, including N. Katherine Hayles, Jill Didur, Neil Badmington, and so on. What is worth discussing is if this article should be merged with posthumanism or posthuman (critical theory) because both are relevant to Haraway's cyborg theory and expand upon it in many ways.--AdamFJohnson 19:30, 15 March 2007 (UTC)
True that. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 199.111.133.104 (talk) 02:32, 6 April 2007 (UTC).

I agree Adam.

It is not a matter of merging but cross-linking. Obviously Cyborg Theory is associated with Donna Haraway's work and should appear in a discussion of it, but it is also important part of the evolving (socially contestable) concept of Cyborg and so should appear in the Wikipedia Cyborg entry as well.


I agree that the entry on Cyborg Theory should be cross-linked with Donna Haraway. Cyborg theory does deserve its own space. Donna Haraway started something big, but she just started it. Others have picked up the gauntlet so to speak, and developed cyborg theory quite a bit. Cyborg theory is also related to the notion of the posthuman (see Hayles 1999, How We Became Posthuman). Others who have written about the cyborg include Balsamo 1999 Technologies of the Gendered Body: Reading Cyborg Women. Both of these works cite Haraway.

More importantly, I think this entry needs to be developed so that it addresses Haraway's notion of the cyborg not simply as human-machine but as an individual constructed through a web of relationships. This idea is central not only to Haraway, but to the broader interdisciplinary field of Science & Technology Studies. Haraway's work, in many ways, draws attention to the need for a critical theory of science & technology and begins to develop that. The idea of the cyborg still surfaces in readings biotechnologies, and in general the area could be developed a lot. When I complete my PhD comprehensive exams, perhaps I'll return to help flesh this out a little more. Cyborgs are fascinating, and in many ways "they are us." I'd like to see this section expanded rather than just relocated.

--Eclectic rhetor 19:18, 11 November 2007 (UTC)

Yo cyborgs,

could someone please update the the "fulltext" links. There's three links cited that are all exactly the same. Not to mention, the link is broken. I would myself---but I can't find a new copy to link to! — Preceding unsigned comment added by 66.167.28.22 (talk) 03:08, 10 June 2012 (UTC)

Organization Proposal[edit]

A group of students and I are working to improve this page. Currently we are proposing to restructure this page's outline (making clear-cut sections within the page). We are also interested in expanding on the following topics:

Student 1: Discussing Haraway's reconstruction of the concept of gender, her opposition towards dualism, and her attempt to articulate the various ways in which the cyborg can be implemented into everyday discourses.

Student 2: Expanding on Haraway's recent updates and revisions to her theory.

Student 3: Expanding on the various criticisms of her ideas, rather than her writing style.

Sources for Student 3:

Latimer, Heather. "Reproductive Technologies, Fetal Icons, and Genetic Freaks: Shelley Jackson’s Patchwork Girl and the Limits and Possibilities of Donna Haraway’s Cyborg." Modern Fiction Studies 57.2 (2011): 318-335. Print.

Prins, Baukje. "The Ethics of Hybrid Subjects: Feminist Constructivism According to Donna Haraway." Science, Technology, & Human Values 20.3 (1995): 352-367. Print.

Onaerkcin (talk) 05:05, 26 March 2014 (UTC)